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Twitter has been suspended in Nigeria after what could be described as a spat between the social media giant and President Muhammadu Buhari. It’s unclear for how long this suspension is going to last, but the government’s pretty unhappy: they’ve suggested the platform is being used to destabilise the country and to encourage criminality. “Arguably, the suspension of Twitter, access to Twitter in Nigeria is one of the biggest issues right now being discussed,” says the BBC’s Chris Ewokor in Abuja. The government says it’s discussing with Twitter how to move forward – but many Nigerians are having none of it. Some users told me the move was a “violation of human rights”, proof that people’s “freedom of expression is being tampered with.

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Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, one of Africa’s most influential evangelists, has died at the age of 57. A post on his Facebook page, which has more than five million followers, said: “God has taken His servant”. Reports said he died on Saturday shortly after conducting a live broadcast, but the cause of his death has not been made public. Tens of thousands would attend his services, with top politicians from across Africa among his followers. But his teachings and practises were also controversial. In April, YouTube suspended his account due to allegations of hate speech after a rights body filed a complaint over videos showing the preacher conducting prayers to “cure” gay people. Facebook also removed at least one post showing a woman being slapped while TB Joshua said he was casting out a “demonic spirit”. Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the preacher, widely referred to as Prophet TB Joshua by his followers. The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply. At 3.00am this morning I was told by one of his daughters that this was fake news & I tweeted as much. Sadly I was misled. 5 minutes ago the same person called me & confirmed the story. @GazetteNGR was right & I am in pain. pic.twitter.com/g6C1XhPKLB — Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 6, 2021 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter TB Joshua was someone who actually touched the lives of many poor people. Unlike many others, He was one pastor who actually reached out to poor people and always tried to help them. It’s so sad to read TB Joshua is dead. It’s actually quite sad. He was only 57. — #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) June 6, 2021

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The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism. The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny. Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth. And I believe that the best learning process of any kind of craft is just to look at the work of others. Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a lie.

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security authorities to hasten efforts to rescue more than 100 children kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger state. The president condemned the latest incident as “unfortunate” while urging the agencies to secure their “immediate release” according to a statement shared by his spokesman Garba Shehu President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the nation’s security and intelligence agencies to expedite efforts towards the recovery of the 200 children kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger State. — Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) May 31, 2021 Mr Buhari has also directed government agencies to extend possible support to the families of the kidnapped children. Abductions carried out for ransom are increasingly common in northern states – with hundreds having been kidnapped in several incidents in recent months. In February, nearly 300 girls were taken by armed men from a boarding school in Jangebe, Zamfara state. Most were later freed. In the latest incident on Sunday in the town of Tegina, gunmen on motorcycles are reported to have stormed the town and opened fire indiscriminately. The gunmen then seized the students from the school – where children aged between six and 18 years attend – as people fled.

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Shops are locked, schools closed, and streets are deserted in parts of southern Nigeria following a sit-at-home order by secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob). The group told people to stay at home on Monday to mark the 54th anniversary of the declaration of the break-away state of Biafra on 30 May 1967, which led to three years of a civil war with Nigeria. The event was moved a day to allow people to attend church services on Sunday, Ipob leader Nnamdi Kanu said in a broadcast. But governors of the five south-east states had asked people to disregard the order and go about their businesses. Some government offices are open but workers have stayed away for fear of attacks by members of Ipob who have in the past forcefully enforced the order Four states in the south-east and neighbouring Rivers in the Niger Delta had imposed dusk to dawn curfews in some areas amid the tension

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I think you’ll agree with me when I say: Some people spend their entire lives wondering how to be successful in life, but never figure it out. Would you be surprised to find out that the secret really comes down to four key areas? Well, it does. You see, personal success is achievable for anyone who practices the four areas – or keys to success as I call them. Everyone wants personal success and to learn the keys to success. Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy life, do meaningful work, enjoy a career, and achieve financial independence. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world, to be significant, to have a positive impact on those around him or her. Everyone wants to do something wonderful with his or her life. Over and over, I have found that the keys to success are a single piece of information, a single idea at the right time, that can change your life in the right situation. I have also learned that the great truths are simple. If you can follow these tips, you will be able to take control of your life and achieve your goals. We All Have One Common Goal Luckily for most of us, personal success is not a matter of background, intelligence, or native ability. It’s not our family, friends, or contacts who enable us to do extraordinary things. Instead, the keys to success in life are our ability to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. It is your ability to adapt and change your life. You have within you, right now, deep reserves of potential and ability that, if properly harnessed and channeled, will enable you to accomplish extraordinary things with your life. The Four Keys to Success The great keys to success to change your life have always been the same. Decide exactly what you want and where you want to go. Set a deadline and make a plan to get there. (Remember, a goal is just a dream with a deadline.) Take action on your plan; do something every day to move toward your goal. Resolve in advance that you will persist until you succeed, that you will never, ever give up.

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The rescue operation in Nigeria’s Kebbi state has entered day three with 60 bodies having been recovered so far. The authorities say the number of survivors still stands at 22 with some of them still being treated at the hospital. Authorities say chances of finding more people alive are low. Ngaski local government chairman Abdullahi Buhari Warra said five people had been buried. A survivor told BBC Hausa that the boat crashed midway through the journey and split into two. President Muhammadu Buhari described the accident as devastating.

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Laments killings, destruction of police posts Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in-charge of South-East and South-South, Moses Jitoboh, has said President Muhammadu Buhari, concerned over the burning of police facilities and killing of its officers in the regions, has directed that necessary steps should be taken to stop the mayhem.  He stated this while addressing security stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State at the Police Headquarters, yesterday, in Uyo, the state capital. Jitoboh said Operation Restore Peace was initiated to ensure that policeman would no longer be killed unjustly and police formations attacked and destroyed.

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After years of hefty investment from the Abu Dhabi Group, Manchester City  finally reached the Champions League final. A brace from Riyad Mahrez ended Paris Saint-Germain‘s hopes of back-to-back finals, and the English side are now off to Istanbul in three weeks to attempt to lift their first ever Champions League. The Parisians, since being taken over by Qatar Sports Investments a decade ago, have spent 1.254 billion euros. Yet PSG’s outlay, as disproportionate as it may seem, pales in comparison to what City have invested since 2008. The English club have spent 2.016 billion euros since the Abu Dhabi takeover, according to Transfermarkt. They paid over 100m euros for new signings in ten different seasons and now, finally, they are in the final after ousting PSG. Robinho from Real Madrid was their first statement signing, joining for a fee of 40m euros, which provided a glimpse of what was to come. They earned domestic success in 2011/12 in the form of the Premier League with that infamous late Kun Aguero strike, their first league title since 1967/68. Three more Premier League titles arrived since then and one more should be in the bag come this weekend. They have also won two FA Cups, six League Cups and three Community Shields, but continental success has eluded them. Their best effort prior to 2021 was when they reached the semi-finals with Manuel Pellegrini in 2016. Not even the arrival of Pep Guardiolabrought immediate success in Europe but, now, with the most valuable squad in the world this season – worth 1.13 billion according to Transfermarkt – they are in the final.

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